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Weeks 25 & 26 – 2/3’s Done?!

I think how time flies in pregnancy hit me when I looked at one of my pregnancy apps on my phone and it stated “you are 2/3’s done”, what?! In an instant lists of to do’s and things to buy flooded my brain. I feel the clock ticking. 13 weeks or less now, crazy!

Week 25 bump picture


Sequined Grey Sleeveless Cowl Neck Top – Limited, Black Cardigan – Ann Taylor Loft Maternity

Black Skinny Jeans – Heidi Klum Maternity, Black Boots – Jessica Simpson

Week 26 bump pictures

Red top – Forever 21, Black and Leather Tights – Topshop Maternity, Black Caroline Wedges – Tory Burch


Purple knit dress – Old Navy Maternity, Denim Jacket – Old Navy, Brown Boots – Ann Taylor Loft


Monday (2/25):

6 Miles Bike (Trainer, 30:03, 11.98 mph)

Tuesday (2/26):

2 Mile Walk (Treadmill, 4% Incline, 30:00, 15:00 Pace)

4.4 Miles Bike (Trainer, 20:00, 13.2 mph)

Wednesday (2/27) – Thursday (2/28):


Friday (3/1):

10.1 Miles Bike (Trainer, 45:00, 13.47 mph)

1 Mile Run Easy (Treadmill, 9:56, 9:56 Pace)

1025 yard Swim (Gym Pool, 25:30, 2:30/100 yd)

Saturday (3/2):

1 Mile Run Easy (Treadmill, 9:49, 9:49 Pace)

9.7 Miles Bike (Trainer, 45:00, 12.93 mph)

750 yard Swim (Gym Pool, 25:03, 3:21/100 yd)

Sunday (3/3):

11.5 Miles Bike (Trainer, 50:25, 13.69 mph)

Weekly Total:

Run/Walk: 4 Miles

Bike: 41.7 Miles

Swim: 1 Mile

Monday (3/4):

8.1 Miles Bike (Trainer, 40:00, 12.15 mph)

Tuesday (3/5):

3.1 Easy Run (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 30:45, 9:56 Pace)

Wednesday (3/6):

9.1 Miles Bike (Trainer, 45:00, 12.13 mph)

Thursday (3/7):


Friday (3/8):

10 Miles Bike (Trainer, 45:34, 13.17 mph)

Saturday (3/9):

4 Miles Run Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 39:44, 9:56 Pace)

6.6 Miles Bike (Trainer, 30:00, 13.2 mph)

Sunday (3/10):

2.3 Miles Run Easy (‘Hood, 23:03, 10:02 Pace) – Running outside with Rob! 😀


9 Miles Bike (Trainer, 40:35, 13.31 mph)

Weekly Totals:

Run/Walk: 9.4 Miles

Bike: 42.8 Miles


We got our first stroller, the Quinny Buzz! It has a quick auto unfold option. The stroller seat can be forward or facing backward, and we can use adapters to use our car seat. Plus it has super smooth movement.


We are also getting a running stroller and are currently looking at the Mountain Buggy Terrain.


One of my most favorite websites is SkinnyTaste.

I made the Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice and it was amazing! The only adjustment I made was adding scrambled egg. Next time I will make this with brown rice.



Getting Fit A Little Bit

Staying fit while pregnant for me means figuring out what works for me that day, especially in the last trimester.

First a look back….

First Trimester

The first trimester I was tired on a new level that I had never felt before. However, I was still able to run and completed a couple of half marathons, Chicago Marathon and some shorter races.



Second Trimester

Moving into the second trimester I was still feeling good and logging miles, just at a slower pace. By the 5th month, I started having “off days”. Sometimes I would try to run and my side muscles or hips would feel tight and very uncomfortable. Other days I would run and feel light as air. I only ran outside when Rob would join me. Otherwise my running has been on our treadmill.


I learned that I would need to just take what the day would bring. On these off days I would either rest, walk or walk/run if I felt like I could manage it. I also got a running belt for support. I used this even on days I didn’t feel like I needed the support, just to help make sure I would feel good the next day.


I also introduced prenatal workout DVDs now and then.

Week 16 and 17 and Monumental Decisions

Third Trimester

Now at the third trimester I had a couple of workout set backs that I mentioned in my previous post. First, my left hip was very sore. I could even feel it just walking around and not working out. I rested for multiple days, but it wouldn’t go away. Walking on the treadmill was even a challenge. I then decided I need to see if I could get in some workout on my bike. Unfortunately not long after the decision to cross train more, I fell in a restaurant. The baby is totally fine, but my ribs took the blow on the corner of a sharp chair. That injury made it difficult to move and breathe deeply, let alone workout. After ice, aspirin and rest I was finally able to try out some light workouts. I’ve not done my prenatal DVDs during this time, because the stretching would feel awful.

Getting into cycling more was tricky with my new size. For those who cycle, you can probably attest to the need to get in “seat time” on your bike. The racing seat on my bike is not a comfy feeling while pregnant (or really ever for that matter), even with padded bike shorts and a gel seat cover. Since I’m not training for a race and just need time on my bike, I got this more comfy seat and it made all the difference.



Rob’s tri-bike, showing our old seat style.


My tri-bike, with my uber comfy seat.


Rob and I also started swimming some, which has been a fun way to get in some more exercise. I found a maternity swim suit from Old Navy. I love the suit because it feels appropriate for lap swimming and would still work for lounging by a pool.

By thinking about my overall mileage, whether it came from walking/running/cycling/swimming, has helped me stay encouraged that as long as I’m moving, I’m staying healthy and so is my baby. 🙂

Outside of actual workouts I also got this fun gadget that encourages me to walk and take the stairs. Both of which I like to do anyways, but it’s motivating to find ways to squeeze in more steps and flights of stairs. It’s call fitbit.



You can upload activities that you do without wearing your fitbit too like swimming, running on a treadmill, cycling, etc. You can also log food, but the library isn’t built out as MyFittnessPal, so it would just take some extra time to get some items logged the first time. It can also track your sleep if you want. My favorite part is looking at the dashboard on to see the metrics about how sedentary, lightly active, and highly active I am each day, week, month.

As I enter into the last stages of my pregnancy and when I reach post-pregnancy, I like that I will have my fitbit to help encourage me to walk and keep moving.

Another addition in staying healthy I purchased the Nutribullet. It’s easy to use and clean. Plus it will blend apples (sliced and cored), veggies, and fruit. I enjoy making a smoothie in the morning to take into work. It makes it very easy to get in extra fruits and veggies.


If you have a Nutribullet, let me know your favorite recipes to make with it.

If you have any other staying healthy tips or activities that you did during your pregnancy or even to manage through an injury, please share!


Week 22!!

Holy moley how does time fly by! In the matter of a week I’m getting bigger and our little baby girl is kicking more. I love every time I feel her kick!

22 Weeks of baby bumpin’ IMG_3124

Black Ponte Knit Dress – Gap Maternity, Brown Boots – Ann Taylor Loft (a million years old)

Neverfull GM Damier – Louis Vuitton


Grey Short Sleeved Top – Merona (Target), Grey Striped Long Sleeved Top – Old Navy

1969 Demi Panel Sexy Boot Cut Jeans – Gap Maternity, Boots – Million years old, not sure of brand


Pleated Dot Dress – Gap Maternity, White Tank – Liz Lange Maternity (Target), Grey 3/4 Sleeved Top – Limited

Brown Boots – Jessica Simpson


Pintuck Dot Dress – Gap Maternity, Denim Jacket – Old Navy

Brown Boots – Ann Taylor Loft, Cabana Collection 2012 Damier Azur – Louis Vuitton

Running/Workouts: Prenatal Yoga class this week was a treat because my friend Natalie joined me. 🙂 We work at the same company, but she lives in Alabama. She was up for the week and was able to make our yoga session. She always has me cracking up, I wish she could go every week! In the running department I’ve had great runs and then there are days when my body just feels sore. On those sore days I just back off running, and instead kick up the incline on the treadmill and use 2lb hand weights. It’s perfect because I still get in a workout that works for the day. To help with any uncomfortable days, I’ve been wearing this maternity belt (in black). I wear it over my shirt/shorts so that it doesn’t cause chaffing. It feels like I get extra support, yet I don’t get annoyed wearing it while running. IMG_3127 Here are my latest workouts.

Monday (2/4):

4.25 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% incline, 41:49, 9:51 Pace)

Prenatal Yoga – 1 Hour

Tuesday (2/5):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1-2% incline, 39:15, 9:49 Pace)

Wednesday (2/6):

3 Miles Walk Hills (Treadmill, 4-6% incline, 2lb ea hand weights, 44:58, 15:00 Pace)

Thursday (2/7):

AM – 2.5 Miles Run/Walk (Treadmill, 1-2% incline, 30:42, 12:17 Pace)

PM – 1 Mile Easy (Gym Treadmill, 10:06, 10:06 Pace)

Friday (2/8):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% incline, 38:30, 9:38 Pace)

Saturday (2/9):

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% incline, 47:53, 9:35 Pace)

Sunday (2/10):

6.25 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% incline, 1:00:37, 9:42 Pace)

Weekly Total:

Run/Walk: 30 Miles

Strengthening: 1 Time – 1 Hour

Home Projects:

It’s not a nursery update, but Rob updated our guest half bath by repainting it in the same shade as the nursery. The color is Anonymous by Behr.


This coming week will be a lot of fun things: rug for the nursery should be here, Valentine’s Day, and Rob and I start baby classes!


Cha Cha Cha Chia

Rob and I love to read books on our iPad and I’ve just finished Dean Karnazes‘ book “Run!”. It’s a MUST read for runners. Dean has such a conversational writing style and the insane adventures he gets into are so inspiring. The man is a machine. We were able to see him speak at Illinois State University October 2010.

We were also fortune to get to meet him at the 2011 Chicago Marathon Expo. He was so kind and engaging, really wanting to get to know everyone that came to see him. He had just a calm and happy demeanor, like talking to a friend instead of meeting a celebrity. In the short time speaking with him and having him sign our bibs you could see how he is in the moment and cherishes every interaction.

Rob is in the middle of reading “Born to Run” and has mentioned on multiple occasions that I need to pick it up next. In the book they highlight the power of the Chia seed. Chia seeds are apparently a superfood that can offer up great health benefits to everyone, especially runners. For a seed, it’s super rich in Omega 3s and protein. One ounce can contain 9% of one’s daily protein intake (for a 2,000 cal diet), 13% of healthy fats, and 42% of one’s daily fiber, plus it also packs a punch of vitamins. Details about the seed can be found here.

Since it’s a seed still in its natural state and not some man-made potion I’m interested in giving it a try and adding it to our diet. I’ve ordered two pounds of the stuff and it sounds like it can be steeped to make tea, baked into breads, and added to smoothies. I have started research on chia seed recipes in anticipation of it arriving on my doorstep. If you have any chia seed recipes to share, please let me know! 🙂 Once I get some time trying the seed out I will post thoughts on incorporating it into drinks and foods.

What running related books are you reading at the moment? Anything to recommend?





Wednesday (10/5:)

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 44:01, 8:49 Pace)

Yoga 50 Mins

Thursday (10/6):

7 Miles Easy w/2 @ MGP (Treadmill, 57:48, 8:16 Pace)

My friend Lisa is a great runner and triathlete. If she wasn’t awesome enough already she also is an amazing chef. She even made me a gluten-free cake for my birthday, it was so delicious! Lisa found out that a local store and deli, The Garlic Press, was having a gluten-free cooking class. I haven’t ever taken a cooking class before. I was a bit intimidated that the menu was quite elaborate and I’m not at Lisa’s level of cooking. However, this class was different in that only the chef cooked and we watched. It worked out perfectly because then I could spend three hours catching up with Lisa and learn some new recipes.

Everything tasted amazing! Lisa and I made notes of adjustments and plan to make some of this for our husbands. Thank you Lisa for finding this class and thinking of me. It was such a great time!